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Opening Arguments

Rock solid

San Francisco voters suffer a sudden attack of common sense:

Alcatraz escaped plans for change, with voters rejecting a proposal that would have torn down the island's notorious prison to erect a global peace center.

With 78 percent of precincts reporting, about 72 percent of San Francisco voters opposed the measure, while 28 percent supported it.

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By converting the island, "a place of pain and suffering," into a "JEWEL OF LIGHT," said a Web site promoting the center, "We will activate Powerful Forces for Cooperation, Reconciliation & Healing."

Supporters said the center would be a more uplifting symbol for the region. But opponents said Alcatraz is a major tourist attraction and important historic landmark that needs to stay as it is.

I'd love to visit Alcatraz, a place I must have seen in two dozen movies. I guess I can wait for Clinton or Obama to get elected and bring us a "JEWEL OF LIGHT."


Kevin Knuth
Wed, 02/06/2008 - 1:18pm

Leo, I have been to Alcatraz!

If ANYONE goes to San Francisco, it is a must see!